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rack something up
1. Lit. to place something onto or into its rack. You had better rack the billiard balls up when you finish this game. Please rack up the balls.
2. Fig. to accumulate something; to collect or acquire something. They all racked a lot of profits up. We racked up twenty points in the game last Saturday.
3. Sl. to wreck or damage something. Fred racked his new car up. He racked up his arm in the football game.
rack up somethingalso rack something up
1. to obtain a large amount of something We racked up a lot of miles on our last vacation. Laura is starting to rack the money up now.
2. to score a large number of points Even though Miller racked up 28 points, the team still lost.
Accumulate or score, as in Last night's episode of that new sitcom racked up at least fifteen points in the ratings. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
1. To accumulate or score a number of something: The home team racked up 64 points. Our team did badly in the first half, but in the second half we really racked the points up.
2. To set up billiard balls for a game of billiards or pool by placing them in the rack: He racked up the balls at the start of the game. She picked up the balls, racked them up, and cued off.
in. to become alcohol intoxicated. (see also racked (up).) Let’s go down to the tavern and rack up.